Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 2:00 PM ET
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Part 1: South Florida Transgender Women and HIV Prevention Outreach
Presenters: Hector R. Perez-Gilbe, Research Librarian for the Medicine, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology, Science Library, University of California, Irvine; Francisco J. Fajardo, Instruction & Information Services Librarian, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library, Florida International University
Abstract: Providing outreach to marginalized and underrepresented communities is a difficult task for researchers and even more so for information professionals. One solution to overcoming this challenge is to collaborate with other departments at your institution or community-based organizations with working experience with these populations.
This presentation will discuss such a collaboration between the Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities, Health and Society and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, where we identified the socio-economic and behavioral risks factors associated with HIV infection in the transgender women population of South Florida. By doing this, we were able to understand the need for HIV prevention interventions through customized services and programs. The Herbert Wertheim Medical Library’s role in this research to was providing a resource guide containing links to primary care providers and social services available to the participants and community-based organizations.
Part 2: HIV/AIDS Information Outreach in North Central Florida
Presenter: Hannah F. Norton, Reference & Liaison Librarian, Associate University Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
Abstract: This presentation will discuss an outreach project conducted by the University of Florida Health Science Center Library to improve awareness of and access to reputable HIV/AIDS information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Project activities included trainings for healthcare and social service professionals, the general public, and public library staff; creation of brief videos highlighting local resources and of easy-to-read print materials, and hosting a collaboration-facilitating event.
As with previous information outreach projects, collaborating with partners on and off campus has made these activities possible. Public libraries, which are more embedded in our local community and more accessible to community members than on-campus facilities, have served as important venues for trainings, collaboration events, and talks. Creative leadership for video and print material development has come from on-campus partners. The collaboration event enabled representatives of UF and community organizations with an interest in HIV/AIDS to interact with each other in speed meetings – sharing assets, networking, and identifying commonalities, which has strengthened their bonds and encouraged referrals and non-duplication of efforts.
Panelist Bios: Hector Perez-Gilbe is the Research Librarian for Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He’s primary responsibilities involves the management of the health sciences collections. He’s also involved in teaching EBM and other health related instructions. He also provide assistance with systematic reviews and research to the UCI faculty/staff and students. Hector has a MPH in Epidemiology from FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. He is currently working on a research project involving transgender women in South Florida and HIV prevention.
Frank Fajardo is the Information & Instruction Services Library at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Medical Library at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. His primary work focuses on reference and research support services to all medical faculty and students, outreach/support to community-based medical faculty, and LGBTQA health topics. He also co-chairs the university Safe Zone training program, which raises awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity of issues affecting the LGBTQA community. Frank also volunteers with various LGBT community based organization in the South Florida area.
Hannah Norton is a Reference & Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries. Her primary responsibilities include reference, instruction, and research support for UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medicine, and medical students. Her research interests include health information outreach, teaching of evidence-based practice, library support for e-science and data curation, and library as place.
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